Pokémon. At that very mention of this word, you can immediately tell whether someone is a fan based whether a knowing grin stretches across their face or they roll their eyes. But whether you love or love to hate on Pokémon and everyone running around phone-to-face trying to "catch 'em all," it's undeniable that the food world has sat up and taken notice of this current obsession.
Scroll through Instagram and you're sure to see a few Pokéball or Pikachu-inspired foods, along with local restaurants and cafes advertising their themed dishes. You can even search out food establishments that are Pokéstops (a place for Pokémon Go players to catch Pokémon at) through Yelp's new search tool. And quite frankly, it's all pretty amusing. The Pokémon craze has brought out some very real culinary creativity and artistry in folks--not to mention, loads of random discounts at restaurants and shops for people on Pokémon Go missions.
So even if you're an eye-roller, the social phenomenon and resulting food creations are pretty damn fascinating. Below are some of the latest and greatest Pokémon food finds currently on Instagram:
Like this loaded Pokéball waffle, complete with Pikachu and Bulbasaur drinks on the side.
Ice cream is definitely more sweet when it looks like cute Pokémon.
Australia's Doughnut Time recognizes that any inherently round food is perfect for making into a Pokéball.
These cheese tarts look might be the best iterations Pikachu and Psyduck out there.
Not in English, but I think you get the jist:
Best part of waking up, is Pokéballs in your cup.
Gotta carb load to prepare ready for lengthy Pokémon Go walks.
California'sThe Loop gets major props for their play on words with the Pikachurro.
Gotta catch and eat 'em all.
No joke, this lunch is a work of art. And nutritious!
BobaPioca of San Francisco clearly knows how to make a good cup o' tea.
Now this looks like some shock-ingly good ice cream.
And not to pat ourselves on the back... but we're really kind of into this Pokéball Poke Bowl we made Friday (look for the recipe later this week).